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Poster: Diamondhead Date: May 28, 2019 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Is a bass a guitar?

The new Weir article mentioned that he thinks he has held a guitar on stage longer than anyone in history. But I have dim recollections of reviews in the Compendium series describing the three guitarists mounting an attack or something like that. So I got two questions: is the bass a form of guitar? If so, then Phil deserves some recognition. And two, is this really true? I'm thinking not.

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Poster: user unknown Date: May 28, 2019 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Keith Richards?

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: May 28, 2019 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Good one.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: May 28, 2019 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

a fish

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 29, 2019 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

You can tuna it too...

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: May 29, 2019 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

What is the difference between a piano and a fish?<BR>

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: May 29, 2019 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Well, they both have scales.<BR><BR><BR>(rim shot)<BR><BR><BR>((slow day))

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: May 29, 2019 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

You can't tuna fish.<BR><BR>badaboom

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Poster: wlg3 Date: May 29, 2019 7:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Is a bass a guitar?<BR><BR>In the violin family, the cello is the bass, hence "double bass" for the big guy, who's actually the bastard child of a violin/gamba family liason. Leo Fender came up with his electric model to be more portable and easier to play, and to allow guitarists to switch over more easily. Frets were included so the notes could be more precise, hence "Precision Bass". Back in the day, only the two were around, so one could say "double bass" or "electric bass". But now there are electric stick double basses, bass necks on acoustic guitar bodies, and so on.<BR><BR>Technically, I'd still go with "electric bass", but recently have started to say "bass guitar" more often, to differentiate from the electric double basses and whatnot out there. However, I think Leo had it right all along with the input on a Bassman amplifer- "BASS INSTRUMENT"<BR><BR>

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Poster: LoogyDead Date: May 29, 2019 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Gut Bucket Summer.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 29, 2019 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

As much as I don't want to go along w Bob on this, I think ZM has a point...did/does any other band have the track record of 2300 shows over 30 yrs, plus all the side gigs, and the activity since 1995? Now, I agree that lots of obscure, hard working sorts that never "made it big" might be in the running, but that's a bit like my record of BBall games over 25 yrs in which I played more than any pro player and was...was...well, you get the idea.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: May 29, 2019 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Dang Tell I thought you would bite. Eric what's-his-name?

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 30, 2019 6:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

I did the math: take 66, 67 and 68...they did one hr shows, sometimes more, but not that many total? Not sure...<BR><BR>Tried online analysis and couldn't get a "good" number...but, you may have a point...from early 60s, thru today, clearly he's always active...I just don't get the feel that he/they toured like the DEAD and assoc acts? Take KRichards: the Stones never do the DEAD tour slogs since I've been following them, right? IE, the tours of the Stones from 70s on are just not that many dates?<BR><BR>To be honest, though, this is all just guesswork.<BR><BR>This post was modified by William Tell on 2019-05-30 13:10:28

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Poster: ZephyrMontego Date: May 28, 2019 3:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Isn't "bass" just shorthand for "bass guitar?"<BR><BR>Weir might be in some sort of 1% club, but I'm sure there's plenty of nameless working musicians who worked gigs of all kinds for their entire lives who are well ahead of Weir.<BR><BR>And Lesh? Didn't he effectively earn the title of the laziest working musician in history for his output between 73 and 96? 60 to 80 gigs per year with the Dead and no side gigs? Garcia and Weir are thousands of gigs ahead of him.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: May 28, 2019 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

Well hopefully Phil has atoned himself in your eyes by working until he's 80.

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Poster: ZephyrMontego Date: May 28, 2019 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

No atonement needed. He's the greatest. But the issue at hand is quantity, not quality. Besides, imagine if he had been the lead singer for all his side gigs.... Posterity owes him a debt of gratitude for his forbearance.

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Poster: smgarcia Date: May 31, 2019 4:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is a bass a guitar?

He wouldn't have gotten far being the lead singer, because he's a terrible singer.